Bubbles Up!
by Davies, Jacqueline; Sánchez, Sonia (ILT)

"A day at the community pool is full of unwater magic-dunking and diving with friends; somersaulting, walking on your hands, and bursting up through the surface like a tortoise. But when a thunderstorm comes and a little brother ventures too close to the pool's edge, will our main character be quick enough and brave enough to save the day?"-

*Starred Review* A community swimming pool provides the setting for this upbeat picture book featuring a girl who loves the water. Accompanied by her mother and little brother, who sit at the water's edge, the girl plunges in, swimming downward while bubbles rise up around her, as irrepressible as her pleasure in exploring this wondrous space. She looks so at home, despite the fact that activities as common as sitting, talking, and standing become strange underwater: "You under-sit. / You under-talk. / You under-smile. / You somersault. / You under-stand. / You under-handstand. / You. / You understand." Thunder rumbles, emptying the pool until the storm passes. Then the girl plunges back in, rescuing her brother's rubber duckie and playing with friends. Creating the mood as well as the story's structure, Davies' cascading lines of verse text read aloud beautifully, rewarding listeners with wordplay. Suggesting rather than defining the story, the text leaves space for SŠnchez's effervescent illustrations to work their magic. The imaginative underwater scenes are particularly fine. This high-spirited picture book, an excellent counterbalance to the many that deal with young children's fears of deep water, celebrates the joy that many kids find in swimming and water play. A mesmerizing book that conjures up a summer day. Preschool-Grade 3. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

A swimming pool and a young swimmer create watery magic together. Davies‚?? lighthearted, lively bit of poetry describes the singular joy of an afternoon at the neighborhood pool in this celebration of underwater swimming and splashing. "PLUNGE! / under / under / under," reads the text as a child with black hair and light brown skin and a colorfully striped one-piece bathing suit dives and floats and soars underwater. "Bubbles‚?¶UP!" A younger, lighter-skinned little person wearing floaties and orange swim trunks stays by the poolside with an adult while a crowd of children with many different hair types and colors of skin splashes and shouts in the pool. Sanchez‚??s illustrations capture the way sunlight ripples through water over blue-patterned tiles and convey the blissful freedom of weightlessness, diving to the bottom of an imaginary ocean world and rocketing to the top amid bubbles. A brief thundershower clears the pool, and everyone huddles near the snack bar‚?"but when the all-clear sounds, it‚??s back to the water. There‚??s a dramatic rescue of a rubber duck: "You are fast‚?¶/ ‚?"aqueous‚?" / A watery dolphin, all flash and fin." There‚??s cuddling‚?"for a moment‚?"in a towel after, and then back to the water, where the smaller child joins in the fun at last. The exuberant sense of being purely in the moment is delightful. (This book was reviewed digitally with 11-by-17-inch double-page spreads viewed at 19% of actual size.) Superbly splashy, immersive, and effervescent. (Picture book. 3-7) Copyright Kirkus 2021 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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